They Once Were (Almost) Lost: 2013′s Stories of Resurrection

I bummed myself out with the demolition post for 2013, so I thought I would follow up with a run-down of landmarks we almost lost but didn’t because a few or a bunch of Mississippians held on tightly and brought them back to life. Pat yourselves on the backs, Mississippians–we won some battles in 2013, and those are as important as the ones we lost. Seeing how far gone some of these buildings were may give hope to you for your own local landmark that’s slipping into decay. Keep on keeping on, and maybe next year, or the year after, the Threefoot Building or Mt. Holly or Arlington will join this illustrious list!

This isn’t an exhaustive list–feel free to add to it in the comments. If I can, I’ll go back and add photos of renovation projects I missed on the first go-round.

The former Philadelphia Library log cabin after a tornado ripped through Northside Park in 2011. Photo May 4, 2011, by Jennifer Baughn, courtesy MDAH Historic Resources Database.

The former Philadelphia Library log cabin after a tornado ripped through Northside Park in 2011. Photo May 4, 2011, by Jennifer Baughn, courtesy MDAH Historic Resources Database.

Philadelphia Library, restored 2013. Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division

Philadelphia Library, September 2013. Photo by LPK Architects, courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division

East Sixth Street USO Building (African American MIlitary History Museum) (1942). Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division

East Sixth Street USO Building (African American Military History Museum) (1942). February 2013 photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division

Sixth Street USO, September 2013. Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.

East Sixth Street USO, September 2013. Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.

Eureka School, Sixth Street near Mobile Street (1921)

Eureka School, Sixth Street near Mobile Street (1921)–February 2013, courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division

Eureka School, roof rebuilt, September 2013. Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.

Eureka School, roof rebuilt, September 2013. Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.

Ogletree (Alumni) House, USM, after February 2013 tornado. Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.

Ogletree (Alumni) House, USM, after February 2013 tornado. Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.

Ogletree (Alumni) House, USM. Photo Fall 2013, courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.

Ogletree (Alumni) House, USM. Photo Fall 2013, courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.

Charnley House, Sept 2005

Charnley House, Sept 2005

The Charnley-Norwood House Strategic Planning Symposium June 28 concluded with a dinner on the grounds of the recently restored house on East Beach in Ocean Springs. (Photo by Susan Ruddiman/Mississippi Heritage Trust)

The Charnley-Norwood House Strategic Planning Symposium June 28, 2013, concluded with a dinner on the grounds of the recently restored house on East Beach in Ocean Springs. (Photo by Susan Ruddiman/Mississippi Heritage Trust)

Randolph School, Pass Christian, September 2005. Photo courtesy Mississippi Heritage Trust

Randolph School, Pass Christian, September 2005. Photo courtesy Mississippi Heritage Trust



Categories: African American History, Cool Old Places, Gulf Coast, Hattiesburg, Historic Preservation, Hurricane Katrina, Jackson, Mississippi Landmarks, Ocean Springs, Pass Christian, Philadelphia

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